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Tory's Letter

Tory is the daughter of our 2006 Victory Gallop Co-Chairs Steve and Carol. She and her sister Katie have been riding at Thorncroft for over 10 years. Tory wrote the letter for the Victory Gallop invitation but for those of you who may miss it, we’d like to share it with you here.

“Thorncroft will always have a very special place in my heart. It is more than simply a place to ride and appreciate horses. Thorncroft is family to me. The heart and soul of Thorncroft is its founder, Saunders Dixon. Growing up in the Quaker faith, Mr. Dixon developed enormous respect and love for all living things. For the past 35 years, he has been the source of hope, inspiration and determination to hundreds of able-bodied and disabled riders at Thorncroft and beyond. His dedication to heal and strengthen the human spirit through horseback riding has enriched the lives of many. Through his selflessness, compassion for others, and deep humility, he serves as a role model for the countless people whose lives he has forever changed.

Thank you, Mr. Dixon, for your leadership, and encouraging all of us to come 'Along for the Ride'. It is my privilege to know you and I am proud to be a part of your Thorncroft family.”

- from a letter written by Tory Udvarhelyi

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